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GP commissioning champion among heavyweights vying for RCGP presidency

Leading commissioning GP and influential health policy advisor Dr Michael Dixon has announced he is standing in the upcoming election for president of the RCGP.

Current RCGP Council members Professor Mayur Lakhani, Dr Terry Kemple and Dr Colin Hunter have also thrown their hats into the ring for the election, which opens on 5 May and runs until the end of May.

Dr Dixon – who practices in Devon – is chair of the NHS Alliance and also sits on the board of NHS Clinical Commissioners.

Council member Professor Lakhani – a past chair of the College – practices in Sileby, Leicestershire, and is on the board of NHS West Leicestershire CCG. He is also a leading expert in palliative care and chairs the influential Dying Matters Coalition.

Dr Hunter is currently chair of the RCGP’s trustee board and previously oversaw the college’s high-profile move to new headquarters in Euston Square when treasurer. Dr Hunter recently stood down as chair of the NICE QOF advisory committee.

Dr Kemple is a GP in Bristol, GP educator for the Severn Deanery and GP research champion for the NIHR Clinical Research Network West of England.

The new president will replace Professor Mike Pringle, emeritus professor of general practice at Nottingham University, who took up the role in 2012.

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  • Una Coales. Retired NHS GP.

    @Peter Howe have you ever thought it might be the RCGP and BMA that are the problem? Why are grassroots GPs upset with the RCGP and the CSA exam and the inaction of the BMA trade union when GPs are burning out trying to deliver an unworkable NHS contract? GPs do not want surveys, they want action, leverage, a strong trade union. Not self interested politicians.

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  • Una Coales. Retired NHS GP.

    Can the editor corroborate who Peter Howe is please? There is no Peter Howe on the GMC GP register yet the poster calls himself a GP partner? There is one Peter John Chailoner Howe on the GMC register as relinquished registration. Thank you.

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  • It's easy to set up an account with PULSE claiming to be anyone you like. They say it's for 'health professionals only' but they don't verify who you claim to be and they dont check GMC numbers. It's a sham....it's also a shame. That's why we get so many weird 'other health care professions' grinding axes on here.

    Having followed the comments on PULSE on and off for a few years now, I can honestly say I have nothing but the greatest of respect for Una Cole.

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  • Who is this Peter Howe fellow ? One of the candidates posting with a pseudonym ? Una Coales has done so much more for GPs than most GPs I know. The best thing she has done is open the eyes of many a GP to the reality that life as a GP in the NHS has become and has encouraged them to escape to a better life and career elsewhere. Respect to her. As for the likes of this Peter Howe....Haters will be haters and best to ignore such haters.

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  • @ Peter Howe. I do detect a lot of bitterness in your comment Sir. We all know who Una Coales is. Would you mind introducing yourself?
    Please do check your facts before posting them here.

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  • I am no longer a member, but I must say (in view of his eccentric ideas on alternative medicine, his acknowledgement of not reading scientific papers for years, and his foolhardy support for the HSCA of 2012) that Michael Dixon is the last person in England who should be President.

    And he wears a bow tie.........

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  • With the profession in serious crisis the last thing it needs is another amateur.

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  • Just like in the farce of a general election - the general public there, and GPs here want a change of the old guard, jobs for the elite political type classes.

    All the well named and listed colleagues above have been in charge of the helm through some of the most disastrous changes in general practice - leading to privatisation and unilateral changes to the GP contract resulting in complete disillusion and burn out, and fragmentation of our beloved profession.

    There should be a broom and a complete clear out of almost everyone involved at the top table of RCGP/BMA/GMC as they are all guilty of taking their 30 pieces of silver and running off with their gold plated pensions, and sitting in their ivory towers completely oblivious to the issues on the coal face for the rest of us.

    I have never met Una Coales - however have watched her efforts to try and highlight discriminatory practices among the political elites of GP organisations, and would find it hard to disagree with her thoughts on having a new face to represent GPs, who has not already sat through the political positions and just shifted chairs.

    Sadly one of the old dinosaurs is likely to be voted in - just highlighting the need for all these organisations to move towards extinction as they are so out of touch with the non political GPs.

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